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Our annual holiday show!

Greetings film revelers! Our annual holiday show with treats from the vault will come a little early this year.

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Six Penguins (1973)

Join us SUNDAY 12/4:

4:30PM: VINTAGE HOLIDAY SHOW —  a FREE screening of shorts that is fun for the whole family.

This year will feature several shorts from the Boston Public Library Collection, as well as Vintage Holiday Show favorites THE GREAT TOY ROBBERY (1963) and A FIGGY DUFF CHRISTMAS (1978)

 

7:00PM: A VIDEO CHRISTMAS WITH GEORGE AND KAREN

George Kuchar and friend and fellow artist Karen Redgreen explore the San Francisco holiday season with hilarity and gusto!

An illustrated cut-out Santa Claus propped beside a coffee table with Halloween masks and a painted backdrop

Visit http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/ for detailed information and upcoming screenings!

See you at the movies!

Home Movie Day update

Greetings Home Movie Day fans!

As many of you know, the annual Home Movie Day event occurs each October. Because of a hectic season here at the HFA we will not be hosting the event next month. Instead, we’ll hold an alternate HMD Boston next spring on MAY 6 2017!

May 2017 calendar with Saturday May 6 circled in red.

Details will be announced here on the HFA Collections Blog as the date approaches. In the meantime, feel free to contact us for home movie advice and questions regarding film care for your family treasures.

See you in May!

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A very merry weekend of holiday films at the HFA

It’s that time of year again!

The Harvard Film Archive invites one and all to warm up with Christmassy film and video offerings from our collections the weekend before Xmas. Join us Friday, December 18 for Dear Video Diary: Christmas with Anne Robertson and George Kuchar and Sunday, December 20 for the free Annual Vintage Holiday Show!

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ANNE ROBERTSON AND GEORGE KUCHAR – Friday December 18 at 7PM

Navigate the holidays with film and video diaries from Anne Charlotte Robertson and George Kuchar as they direct their cameras at visions of family, friends, food, and felines. The two filmmakers eloquently document the chaos and melancholy that many often feel, but few confront, during this festive season.

 

*FREE* VINTAGE HOLIDAY SHOW – Sunday

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FREE AND FAMILY FRIENDLY! The Vintage Holiday Show is a 90-minute program of short films for both kids and adults curated by Harvard’s Film Conservator, Liz Coffey!

Wrap up your weekend and join in the merriment with the HFA’s annual event of holiday-themed gems from our archives. Experience the jolly spirit of viewing 16mm and 35mm films projected in all their glory. This year’s lineup includes CHARLIE’S CHRISTMAS PROJECT (1988), featuring a young Seth Green in the follow-up to last year’s audience favorite, CHARLIE’S CHRISTMAS SECRET (1984) and a TV adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (1987).

VINTAGE HOLIDAY SHOW-  Sunday December 20 at 5PM

All screenings held at the Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque at 24 Quincy Street in Cambridge, MA.

A good time will be had by all!

 

Photo album: Home Movie Day 2015

Thanks to everyone who made it out for a successful Home Movie Day last weekend! This year the event was co-hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. HMD15 Boston was an enjoyable evening of unique films under a crystal chandelier in the elegant NEHGS Reading Room. We topped past participant numbers and had a treasure trove of great material shared among attendees, including beautiful Kodachrome films of Maine, Gloucester and 1960’s downtown Boston with an amazingly small amount of traffic. Below are some highlights from the evening. Be sure to check out more event photos on our Flickr page.

A special thank you to our host at NEHGS, Ginevra Morse, and our staff of HMD volunteers: Sara Meyers, Derek Murphy and Adam Schutzman.

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We hope to see you next year!

Home Movie Day 2015 is just around the corner!

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HMD 2014

Greetings, home movie makers and fans! It’s that time again and we hope you will join us for our annual screening of your home movies.

What is Home Movie Day? For more than a decade, film archivists and the public have been convening in small spaces all over the globe and gathering around flickering images of times of yore. Grandmothers and babies, now since gone or grown, smile and wave to the camera-person as we watch them through the magical time machine of cinema. Vacations! Parties! Amateur theatricals! There is always something interesting and funny to watch, and we hope you will join us for this year’s event.

This year the Boston area HMD 13 will be held at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston’s Back Bay.
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As always, this event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
3pm film check in
5pm-7:30 film screening

early film drop off encouraged at the HFA offices in the lower level of the Carpenter Center, Harvard University, or by 3pm on October 17 at NEHGS.
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/general_info.html#directions

Formats accepted: 8mm, super 8, super 8 sound, 16mm, VHS, DVD, digital files (playable via laptop)

Films will be inspected for damage prior to projection, so please drop-off early.

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The HMD 2014 volunteers

Join our Home Movie Day Boston 2015 Facebook Event Page to receive information and updates:

https://www.facebook.com/events/822016787916611/

As always, more information is available at the Center for Home Movies, found here:
http://www.centerforhomemovies.org/hmd/

In related news, this week we will be participating in #AskAnArchivist Day on Thursday, October 1st! This event is sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, and is an opportunity for everyone to reach out with questions about the archives on social media. We will be anticipating YOUR questions, which you can post on Thursday to the Harvard Film Archive Facebook page! This is a great chance to ask us anything about Home Movie Day, how we process our archival collections, or the most oddball items that we have found in the archive. No question is too big or too small!

The HFA screens Robert Flaherty’s lost film

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You may have been following the news about Harvard’s rediscovery and preservation of Robert Flahery’s Oidhche Sheanchais (A Night of Storytelling). The first film made in the Irish language, this short was produced in 1935 during the filming of Flaherty’s Man of Aran. On February 19, 2015, the Harvard Film Archive had its premiere screening of the film, in a new 35mm print, as part of Folklore and Flaherty: A Symposium on the First Irish-Language Film, with Harvard’s Department of Celtic Languages and Literature.  This new preservation effort by the Harvard Film Archive also marks the first time the film has been subtitled in English.

 

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The symposium was well attended by the public and the Harvard community, and included short presentations by participants in the film’s research, subtitling, and preservation efforts. Both presenters and attendees brought thoughtful questions and comments about historical context and future plans for the film.  A major theme was the folklore tradition in Ireland, specifically the Aran Islands and surrounding areas where Flaherty’s Man of Aran was filmed.  The film itself features a traditional song, sung by Maggie Dirrane, and a traditional story, told by Seáinín Tom Ó Dioráin.  Symposium participants and those present spoke to their own experiences of Irish folklore, folk music, and storytelling. Each emphasized the importance of preservation for carrying traditions and customs forward through music, storytelling, song, and film. The audience included many Aran Islanders, who spoke joyously of the screening in both personal and cultural terms, bringing their own historical context to the event.

Oidhche Sheanchais (A Night of Storytelling) will screen again as part of the HFA series The Lost Worlds of Robert Flaherty. Join us for a screening of three shorts by Flaherty on Sunday, March 1 and with Man of Aran on Monday, March 9. Please check the HFA online calendar for further information on these screenings.

You can read more about the rediscovery and preservation of this previously lost gem on our previous blog post and on the Harvard Gazette website.

Christmas programs this weekend

This weekend the Harvard Film Archive brings some winter revelry to the screen with Another Kuchar Christmas and the Annual Vintage Holiday Show.

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GEORGE KUCHAR – Saturday

‘Tis the season for festive video offerings! Join us for four short films from prolific artist George Kuchar (1942-2011) on Saturday December 20 at 7pm. Come share in Kuchar’s feasts of the senses with his singular take on the rituals and feelings brought to the fore at Christmas.

VINTAGE HOLIDAY SHOW – Sunday afternoon – free admission!

Every December, we scour the Harvard Film Archive’s collection for winter-holiday-themed films and present them for free the weekend before Christmas.  Like everything else at this time of year, it tends to be very Christmas-oriented, but we are not trying to push religion on you.  In fact, yours truly, the curator of this screening, is an atheist.  Nevertheless, I enjoy a Christmas movie as much as the next atheist, and a lot of them were made over the years!

The program is always free, appropriate for all ages, and a lot of fun!  Since this is a shorts program, you are welcome to stay as long as you like, and we don’t even mind if you bring a baby along.

This year’s lineup includes some animated shorts, a locally-produced film about Christmastime window-shopping, which depicts some nice Downtown Crossing window displays, and a “meaning of Christmas” TV special starring a young Seth Green.

We hope to see you Sunday the 21st at 3pm!

Click here for a link to the program.

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The Second Life of Chris Marker

***update:  the video available on archive.org has been updated with highly improved audio, making for a much more enjoyable viewing experience***

In memoriam of Chris Marker, the great film essayist and multimedia artist who passed away in late July, we are posting a video documenting a special event that was part of the HFA’s May 2009 event, The Second Life of Chris Marker.  Chris Marker – in the form of his avatar – guided archive director Haden Guest and an eager audience through the popular internet portal Second Life.  The video captures and (we hope) memorializes this somewhat chaotic, sometimes silly,  and ultimately exciting event – crashed by flying and gyrating avatars within Second Life – and documents one of the self-described “publiphobic” artists’ few interviews.

The Second Life of Chris Marker – Harvard Film Archive (May 16, 2009)

An audio only version of the event is also available for streaming within our visiting director’s audio collection:

Harvard Film Archive Visiting Directors Audio Collection, 2009